Now on Steam: 1.5 Beta Update featuring new kill cameras

From the memes to the mods to the amazing stories that continue to be told, we’ve been blown away by the continued community support for Skyrim. All of it has driven us to make the game even better, and we’re excited to start sharing news on upcoming features and content.

It all starts with our upcoming 1.5 title update – available now as a Beta Update on Steam and arriving soon for Xbox 360 and PS3. In the release notes below, you’ll notice we’ve not only made fixes to the game, but also introduced some new features. One of our favorite additions are the new kill cameras for ranged and magic attacks. Watch the video above for a sneak peek.

Look familiar? The new kill cams were featured as a concept in the Game Jam sizzle shown during Todd Howard’s DICE keynote. We plan on adding even more features with upcoming free updates and game add-on content.

After the break, read the current release notes for 1.5, as well as information on how you can grab the beta update on Steam.

UPDATE 1.5 (all platforms unless noted)

NEW FEATURES

  • New cinematic kill cameras for projectile weapons and spells
  • New kill moves and animations for melee weapons
  • Shadows on grass available (PC)
  • Smithing skill increases now factor in the created item’s value
  • Improved visual transition when going underwater
  • Improved distance LOD transition for snowy landscapes

BUG FIXES

  • General crash fixes and memory optimizations
  • Fixed issue with Deflect Arrows perk not calculating properly
  • In “A Cornered Rat,” the death of certain NPCs no longer blocks progression
  • Fixed issue where Farkas would not give Companion’s quests properly
  • Fixed crash when loading saves that rely on data that is no longer being loaded
  • Followers sneak properly when player is sneaking
  • Fixed issue with weapon racks not working properly in Proudspire Manor
  • Arrows and other projectiles that were stuck in objects in the world now clean up properly
  • Fixed issue where “Rescue Mission” was preventing “Taking Care of Business” from starting properly
  • Fixed issue where certain NPCs would fail to become Thieves Guild fences
  • Fixed issue in “Diplomatic Immunity” where killing all the guards in the Thalmor Embassy before starting the quest would break progress
  • In “Hard Answers,” picking up the dwarven museum key after completing the quest, no longer restarts the quest
  • Killing Viola before or after “Blood on the Ice” no longer blocks progression
  • Fixed issue where Calixto would fail to die properly in “Blood on the Ice”
  • In “Waking Nightmare” fixed occasional issue where Erandur would stop pathing properly
  • Fixed issue where letters and notes with random encounters would appear blank
  • Fixed rare issue where dialogue and shouts would improperly play
  • Lydia will now offer marriage option after player purchases Breezehome in Whiterun
  • Fixed issue where if player manually mined ore in Cidhna Mine, jail time would not be served
  • Fixed rare issue with skills not increasing properly
  • Fixed issue where the Headsman’s Axe did not gain proper buff from Barbarian perk
  • In “A Night to Remember” it is no longer possible to kill Ysolda, Ennis or Senna before starting the quest
  • Fixed issue with the ebony dagger having a weapon speed that was too slow
  • Fixed issue with “The Wolf Queen Awakened” where backing out of a conversation with Styrr too soon would block progress
  • The third level of the Limbsplitter perk now properly improves all battle axes
  • Fixed a rare issue where Sanguine Rose would not work properly
  • In “Tending the Flames” King Olaf’s Verse will no longer disappear from explosions

Download the 1.5 Beta Update on Steam

If you’d like to download the 1.5 Beta Update on Steam, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Log into Steam
  2. Click on Steam in the upper menu
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
  6. Select OK.
  7. Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.

If you opt into the Beta, be sure to back up your saved games or simply be careful not to overwrite your existing saves. If you decide to opt out of the beta program, your old saves will still work with the current release of Skyrim on Steam (v 1.4.27).

If you decide you don’t want to run the Beta anymore, redo steps 1 – 4. At the drop down, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs. Let Steam restart, and Skyrim will automatically update itself back to the latest released version.

To provide feedback on the beta update, use our beta forum.

Reader Comments

  1. Please PLEASE make the combat more tactical, challenging, smart and dynamic, like some monsters you need to use some type of magic or type of weapon to kill, make the combat more Interesting !!! Please do that on the next updates ! Please! The combat is the weakest point of skyrm !!!

  2. Could you please fix the issues with the dagger display cases in Hjerim as well as the moving mannequins in Honeyside? How about the Ghostblade that disappears from weapons plaques in Breezehome (lost that one as a result)? It would also be great if Lydia runs off on her own and disappears that she actually returns to Breezehome the next time you return to it — she’s been gone for months. Thanks!

  3. This time I plant all the time, Skyrim is unplayable, I will still not screw up my 360 then terminated if no patch solving this mess, and I sell Skyrim Goodbye Bethesda …
    After the bilingual Oblivion, a game so buggy out qu’injouable, you really have to pay the head of the world to dare to call it game of the year!

  4. I think most already finished Skyrim, of course. I let my Skyrim reinstalled, getting the updates from Bethesda, and stop with mods next time. Mods breaking my gameplay all the time, they are just for fun. Bethesda games are fun, but bad code, bugs and problems all the time, mods are not safe for automatic download.

  5. I am having exactly the same issue playing in 3D. The game is currently unplayable in 3D because of this. The eye strain caused by the incorrect rendering is too much. With that said, this is still a tremendous game and I give a lot of credit to everyone who worked on it. A game this massive is bound to have some glitches. I really hope this gets resolved soon because this game is a joy to play in 3D.

  6. My god Bethesda!!! i have fear of your oficial updates! is better leave installed to stay receiving updates, for someday come back and play, after read something like “quests ok”. Please put fixes in the missions, check the npcs, graphical problems, leave the eye candy for the final!

  7. Loving the new killcams for 1.5. My issue is in the way you’ve “fixed” smithing to account for the item’s worth. Right now even crafting an iron dagger will boost my skill by nearly 10 points, which is great for easy levelling but not the intended result I think. I even disabled all my mods to make sure it wasn’t a conflict of any kind. Keep up the good work guys!

  8. Please consider fixing the problems with dual wield. You know, how you lose the ability to hotkey different items for different hands once you tweak one of them on the grinding stone.

  9. I have a glitch after Arniel of the college of winterhold disappears i noticed i received a conjuration spell that summons his shade…only thing tho is that nothing happens when i cast it other than disappearing myself for a sec or 2. Anyone else encounter this?

  10. Wish you could download patches with a PC and transfer to Xbox via thumbdrive. As I have no access to high speed connection out here in rural area available to me.

  11. I am fairly certain that this will never be read.

    However, I wanted to try to create a spark with hopes that maybe it might create a flame.

    I cannot understand how, or why companions are unable to mount and ride horses, whether they ride on the main character’s horse, or on a horse of their own.

    There are many NPC’s with the A.I. to ride horses. Why not companions?

    It borders on ridiculous to see companions chasing my horse for miles, and drowning, falling off cliffs, or disappearing from the game completely, due to being left behind.

    Companions need to be able to ride horses. It is absurd that they cannot.

    I sincerely hope that this will change.

    I cannot understand, for the life of me as to why the game was made this way, restricting companions from being able to ride horses!? Why?

    Also, I have been longing to see mounted combat since Oblivion. I was devastated to discover that mounted combat was STILL absent when I bought Skyrim.

    Mounted combat I can live without. Companions not being able to ride horses is almost game breaking.

  12. Why is there no base character stats like STRENGH, INTELLIGENCE, CHARISMA, STAMINA, ENDURANCE, SPEED??? WHY??? SKYRIM is not a rpg its a Call of duty whit Swords !!! Why quests dont give me XP ???
    WHY i would do quest if i dont win NOTHING, it make the game boring and no objectives !!! WHy monsters dont give me XP???
    SO BORING !! WHY I would kill a wolf for nothing??? I agree that skill up with use of a Sword but the level would up with xp from missions and enemies !!! Why I can kill ALDUIN with level 10 ???
    WHY Swords dont require minimum level or skill to use???
    THIS IS NOT A RPG LOL This is GTA with Swords!!
    FIX this in the next DLC C’MON you can do it BETHESDA :D

  13. Can’t wait to get this update on 360! Also hoping that you guys are considering the seasonal foliage and the improved water flow from the Bethesda game jam thing where you all did what you wanted for a week :P Those were my 2 favorites! Oh and spears…Maybe bring out a weapon and apperal pack with new varients of the materials in the game? So you could choose from maybe 3 different appearences of each item like 3 different elven swords or 3 different glass helmets etc. This would be epic!

  14. I am sure you are aware of the glitch were Aela disappears in so you can’t give her the shield in Take Up Arms, and this has happened to me, which is annoying in two ways, one, it means I cannot do the Companions questline and I am left lugging around a shield – with a weight of 12 – everywhere I go. Can something please be done to deal with this?

    • I have done nearly every other quest in the game and this is so annoying as I still have an entirely incomplete questline and am unable to do anything about it, so I don’t really have anything else to do.

  15. It’s good to see some of the bug fixes in this patch. I’m disappointed that “Striking the Heart” didn’t get any attention though. The bug at Valtheim Tower in that quest has broken The Companions quest line for me on a character with over 100 hours invested. It’s disappointing to have a game that is this fun to play but so riddled with bugs.

  16. I tried your beta, I’m really happy with the kill cam for the projectile weapons.

    But I finally removed that when I realised everytime I go in the water I finish with that: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v468/SHARK008/ScreenShot2.jpg

    And I can’t move or do something and need to force my computer to close Skyrim.

    I play with the mods I have and finally it’s work fine only when I change the setting of Steam for stop using the Beta. :(

    I hope all of that will work fine later, I’m sure of that. ^^

    Anyway, nice changes again and sorry I speak french so my english is not great.

  17. Still waiting on the fix for “Good Intentions” — where upon completing it you are given “Revealing the Unseen.” I’ll keep believing.

  18. If your just complaining about the game and about how bad it is, please type properly. And if you think the game is so bad, why are you on your third play through or how you spelled it “playthru” (Its not a drive-thru)

  19. I’ve had more broken or bugged quests than I can even remember, while I realize this is a big game and flaws are inevitable when main questlines are broken it’s a real bummer. “Blood’s Honor” and “Revealing the Unseen” are both broken preventing me from going any further in the Companion or College quests. I can’t get “Blood’s Honor” because every time I go into Jorrvaskr everyone draws their weapon and says “Are you ready, brother?” which prevents them from talking, they also follow me forever preventing fast travel(I have no active Companions quests). Also, with “Revealing the Unseen” it seems to be relatively common that once you talk to Mirabelle it doesn’t initiate the “Containment” quest and Savus’ body is just in the courtyard and everyone walks past it. I’ve tried I don’t know how many different ways and every forum suggestion to get that to work but to no avail. I’d really like to be able to do these quests, thanks and sorry for such a long post.

  20. On the PS 3, I can’t get the Hircine Totem quests no matter how many times I try. I’ve read that this is bugged and I would apreciate it if this was fixed. Aela just gives out Animal Extermination quests.

  21. Could you advise if there will ever be a fix for the missing Stone of Barenziah in Fellglow Keep on PS3. I have collected all 23 others and Can’t complete the quest which is very frustrating.

    Also still waiting on a fix for “Kill the hagraven Petra” “Forsworn Conspiracy” & “Report Leifnarrs death to his family”

    Cheers

  22. Im getting some weird textures over the top of only grass. They are not coloured, just like a repeated print over the top of only the grass?!?

  23. Have the official 1.5 patch installed today. I can now see only solid lime green when underwater. No objects whatsoever. There are also some horrible shadow problems in third person; large dark shadows that move and shift with the character. I’d revert back to the last update if I could.

    • I have the exact same problem, I’ve been trying to find a way to fix it but none of the sites I’ve visited give any information about it.

  24. When I open account settings and look at Beta Participation it says “(None Currently Available)” and there is no “change” button in that section. I tried verifying skyrim and reinstalling steam but neither of those worked. WTF do i do?!?

  25. Please fix the Dampened Spirits quest for the thieves guild. ive waited so long for finally being able to get nighting gale set

  26. Hmph. This update has just made my game CTD all the time. I’d hate to remove all the mods and ENB shaders trying to figure out what is causing this… Yes, I have lot’s of mods loaded.

  27. i cant start the blood on the ice quest the people are there around the body but there no guard to talk to me any1 know what to do

  28. Thx for the update! Still need to fix other things on the Ps3 version though. (like: Shadowmere dosn’t get out of the dark water pool during “The Cure for Madness”)

  29. Not only is the nav bug still there, but you have re introduced the random CTDs on cell change again. Add to this that whatever you did to the CK broke the lip shaders when customizing NPCs. And if that weren’t enough, whatever was done to the in game shaders has broken so many normal maps on custom content it’s easier to number the ones that still work.
    Bethesda, you have never fixed a bug since Morrowind, you constantly blame everything but your programmers and you just lost another customer.

  30. I don’t get it. couple of days ago I posted something and it never showed up.

    So I try again: What about the bug for Larceny Targets Various rare items can be stolen from around Skyrim and sold to Delvin. After you give him the Left Eye of the Falmer you can’t give the Larceny Targets you forget to take.

    I still have one and Delvin won’t buy it.

  31. If i am not connected to a pc from my xbox360 how do i do this up-date i am 66 and having a lot of problems like trying to stay alive on the novice mode, to strikes and i am dead, if it dont freeze on me. p.s when i clear the coutch the bar does not operate is that right.

  32. This is great and all but… could you fix the houses please?! I’m ecstatic about all the changes in this update. More entertaining Archery! But I wish that the houses could be given some attention too! I am glad for all your doing and keep it up!

  33. so we’ve got killcams, I’ll yay when we also get the localized body damage and hit detection(crippled limbs ect(how fun would it be to actually shoot people in the knee instead of a generic hit?)) and weapon decay from FO3 as well.
    and even better FNV’s hardcore mode.

  34. This is the best game ever,i am in awe of the people at bethesda.Have been playing it for over 200 hrs and still going.
    as for all those complainers out there half of them cannot even spell properly,so take no notice of them,this is an awesome game,10 out of ten.

  35. Well, sort of good patch but still problems with it. Kill moves with spells are taking too long time. Say multiple opponents are moving in and I blast one and get the kill cam, and it sure takes it’s sweet time to play it. So while it plays it, the other mobs are moving in and happily start to club me on my head! So then finally the kill cam stops recording only for me to see that I am surrounded and being clobbered. Either speed up the display of the kill cam for spells, or slow all mobs down during it.

    Kill cam for ranged attacks is bugged. Seems that the effect often hits before the arrow does. Say I shoot the mob with an arrow and get the kill cam, which shows the mob getting paralyzed, since I have the perk which gives me a chance to paralyze the target occasionally on a hit. Problem is that the paralyze effect hits immediately, while the cam is slowly showing it and the arrow is still IN FLIGHT and hasn’t even hit the mob yet. The the kill cam ends, mob falls on ground paralyzed and then my arrow either flies over it or hits it for 0 damage.

    And finally, can we get the fix on this stupid “level up and then get a quest” situation? I have a lvl 81 char who at lvl 81 finished the quest The Man Who Cried Wolf and now I cannot get the follow-up quest called The Wolf Queen Awakened, because in order to get it I need to level up once or twice. Hello, max level, cannot level up anymore? Fix all of the quests which have this requirement, either remove this thing or add a clause which checks if the char is a max level and if is, then do not wait for a level up.

  36. The Purity mission still will not activate properly after getting all three tokens with Aela and curing Farkas. Vilkas remains a Lycanthrope and I cannot cure myself or him without him initiating the mission. Have tried all bug fixes I can find including bringing him along as a follower and am able to cure him but not myself. Is there a plan to fix this?

  37. bethesda can you guys please make it in the seting here your can make all killmoves in first person please??? tht would be very helpful to me :) . thanks bethesda me and my friends love u :D

  38. Took the 1.5 update on the 360 and finally got “Blood on the Ice” to start. I was so happy that I squeeled and woke up my husband. Got the investigation from the guards, got the key (pickpocketed it); inside the house I went. Talked to the right guy. NOW . . can’t move forward from here. Not getting the dialog from the steward to “accuse”, and the “other” lady got killed by a dragon. I know this was fixed in the latest update, but if you have any pamplets in your inventory; it is all the guards will talk about. I am stuck once again. Sorry. . trying not to post a “spoiler”. I don’t get the correct dialog from the wizzard either. . Help Please !?!?!? I have a love/hate relationship with this game . . too many bugs Bethesda . . REALLY !!!

  39. Ever since I downloaded the 1.5 update on the PS3 the game completely freezes whenever I go into water over my head. Why oh why? I hear they wanted to improve the transition of going underwater, well no, it just crashes, every, single, time!